April 17, 2011
Right Wing Democrats Become New American Infamy.
Sen. Mark Warner, the Democrat from Virginia, continues the right wing assault on the middle class.
Democrats have to realize that since the days of Bill Clinton, the party has been infiltrated by right wing extremists.
Unfortunately, these extremists exert an inordinate amount of influence on our current so-called Democratic president. In fact this president chose many of these extremists as his chief economic advisers.
The fiscal conservatism of today is the right wing extremism of yesteryear. Sadly, for the vast majority of us, the extremists pervade every segment of society – government, business and finance – and represent the new American aristocracy.
We can only repeat in an answer to the extremists that there is no Social Security crisis.
We can only repeat that there is no Medicare crisis apart from the health insurance crisis that the aristocracy chooses to ignore..
There is no debt crisis when considered in relation to the debt to GDP ratio.
The debt problems under which we are all suffering are easily solved by raising taxes on the wealthy to the modest levels of a decade ago, ending the stupidity of the Bush/Obama wars, reducing the indefensible defense budget and contracting the empire, assessing the tiniest of fees on financial transactions, among others. All such serious proposals are rejected out of hand by the new American aristocracy in favor of delirious plans such as the one put forth by Paul Ryan. Instead the aristocrats continue their assault on the middle class by attacking Social Security, Medicare and honest, hard working public servants across the land.
The new American aristocracy is the new American infamy.
ROBBER BARON ERA-21st CENTURY STYLE
At The Stock Exchange-Edgar Degas 1879.
Even in the time of Dickens arrogant oligarchs were the tyrannosaurs of the financial world. Not much has changed.
Americans seem to be a submissive lot, many of whom are content to accept a lower class status. To encourage conformance, the patrician class seems willing to allow just enough wealth to trickle down to maintain a compliant lower class; just enough so most can eat and shelter and cloth themselves adequately, but not more; enough to survive to work another day in the service of their betters.
The patrician class has always known that they cannot profit without workers, those they refer to as “the small people.” The small people must be given necessities sufficient to survive at least through their useful working years. The small people are themselves a resource whose value is to be extracted until exhausted and then discarded as a waste product.
The necessities bestowed by the wealthy need not be above a subsistence level and they exclude non-essentials such as health care. Funds for retirement, slowly becoming an outmoded 20th century idea, are out of the question.
America is becoming a country with an economic dividing line in the middle. Half will live above the line and do well. The other half will wait on the tables of their betters and clean up after them.
The divide will work on behalf of the patrician class. The half who live above the line will do all in their power to maintain their status and oppose all efforts on the part of the small people to improve their lot or to resist.